Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 17, 2012


The Audi A4 sedan is proven. Its drivetrain is beyond reproach, especially the engine and quattro all-wheel drive, while its styling is smooth and interior high quality, especially for the price. It's led the premium compact sedan class for a long time, although there are some new challengers that top the A4 in some areas, for example the Buick Regal and Hyundai Sonata.

Sam Moses filed this report after his test drive of the A4 models in Colorado.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Audi A4 Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige; Audi S4 Premium Plus, Prestige
Engines:2.0-liter turbocharged I4; 3.0-liter supercharged V6
Transmissions:8-step CVT, 6-speed manual, 8-speed Tiptronic, 7-speed S tronic twin clutch
Safety equipment (standard):two-stage driver and adaptive passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, curtain airbags, active headrests; electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, tire pressure monitors
Safety equipment (optional):rear side airbags, all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, rearview camera, park assist
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Ingolstadt, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):$33,400
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, climate control, moonroof, fog lamps, all-wheel drive, power front seats, power windows, power locks, power heated mirrors, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, AM/FM/CD/SD/MP3/Sirius 10-speaker stereo, MMI driver interface, alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$895
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$33395
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):211 @ 4300-6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):258 @ 1500-4200
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:22/32 mpg
Wheelbase:110.6 in.
Length/width/height:185.2/71.9/56.2 in.
Track, f/r:61.1/61.1 in.
Turning circle:37.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/na/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.5/na/35.2 in.
Cargo volume:12.4 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs
Ground clearance:4.1 in.
Curb weigth:3598 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented discs, solid discs with ABS
Fuel capacity:17.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 17, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-2834 -